January 1, 2010
Irving Akers,Photography- 2010
Irving Akers did the photography on Kentucky Blue Streak. Much of the photography was done with a camera designed, by Irving Akers.
Irving went on to own his own business in Reseda Ca., Amby Corporation. He continued to work with photography all his life. He was a photographical engineer and pilot for the US Army in WW2 and flew as a pilot in WW1, as a young man. He was truly a renaissance man.
April 14, 2006
Feel Good Little Racing Movie
This light-weight little film, once you get by the down home "darkie" singing, dancing, and foolishness at the begiining of the film, is a dark horse winner. The story is implausible but you get carried along with it. It obviously wasn't filmed at Churchill Downs, but by the time you get there, who cares anyway. Everybody left the theatre feeling good after a satisfying happy ending. Eddie Nugent, a handsome light leading man is fine as the reporter. Frank "Junior" Coglan already a leading juvenile star from the silents forward is perfectly cast as the jockey, and he even did his own riding, which is a surprise. Very watchable actor. Nugent would have a long career behind the camera. Coglan would have a long military career and then return to film work in character parts. A very nice warm man. Look for Harry Harvey in a small role, he's also the race track announcer.
Rogers Williams, Roy D'Arcy both pop up in this as well in small but effective parts. Good picture and sound. Worth a look. Young craftsmen, Tony Martinelli, Vin Taylor, Lee Zahler and Terry Kellum would have long careers behind the camera as well. Enjoy.